During the week I took the dog for a walk in the forest in the local ranges. It was cold and a bit wet, but as soon as I stepped out of the car and in amongst the trees, feeling and hearing the wind, smelling the fresh air, tall trees towering over me, I was alive! I walked with a big smile on my face, soaking in all of my surroundings.
Can you recall the last time you were really engaged and energised? What were you doing? Chances are good that during that time you were using at least one of your top strengths.
Year after year, when I take the Via Strengths Survey, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence comes out as my top strength. And walking in the forest, noticing the beauty and being energised by it, is a real-life example of my top strength at play.
Our top strengths are those that seem to come naturally, they feel like us, we are good at them and we feel good when we are doing them.
Do you know your strengths?
As a leader, a strong foundation for knowing and leading others is to be able to know and lead ourselves.
The better you get to know your own strengths and how they show up, how they can boost your performance or sometimes get in the way, then the better you’re going to understand that others have their own set of strengths that both help and sometimes hinder them.
If you’d like to find out more about your strengths so you can start spotting them in your life, go ahead and take the free, evidence based survey at viacharacter.org